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Environment Ministry proposes new norms for clearance of realty projects

Comments Off on Environment Ministry proposes new norms for clearance of realty projects   |   March 24, 2020    08:04pm   |Contributed by Indian Realty News

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has drafted the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) notification 2020 to curb the construction violations across the country. The new draft would replace the EIA notification 2006.

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate change (MoEFCC) has proposed a new set of environment clearance norms in its Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) notification 2020. Earlier, the environment approvals to construction projects  were given as per the criteria stated in the EIA notification 2006; however, the new draft would replace the former set of rules.

The Ministry has placed the EIA report in the public domain on March 12, 2020 and has sought views and comments from industry stakeholders within the next 60 days. Since 2017, MoEFCC expert panel has identified hundreds of projects that violated environment clearance norms defined in 2006. The draft 2020 goes a step beyond as it institutionalises the ‘fail accompli’ situation. The new draft would take notes of violations that are recurring in nature and would ensure that they are quickly identified during the process of appraisal or monitoring or inspection conducted by the regulatory authorities.

The Environment Ministry deems it necessary to lay down the procedure to curb the construction violations in the best interest of the environment. It would lay norms for projects such as airports, highways, ports and real estate projects.  

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